Stairway to Heaven
Avg: 3.8 from 97 votes
|Type:||Trad, Ice, 1200 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III|
|Page Views:||25,803 total · 133/month|
|Shared By:||Leo Paik on Feb 11, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis is a classic, stepped moderate...beautiful, big, fat, blue! and 900+ feet. Just pick very stable snow conditions for this one. Go up the road past Silverton to Eureka as far as it is plowed. This obvious line lies across the drainage. Contour 20 minutes to the base. Belay out of the line of fire.
P1. 1st pitch is 60m of fat blue gets you to a good stance. 55m gets you to a tree belay.
P2. Fun, thinner variations right exist on the 2nd pitch.
P3. 3rd pitch is 55m of steeper, big blue leads to a semi-hanging belay.
P4. 4th pitch is 60m starting with lower-angled waves and then snow lead you to the base of the 5th pitch. Great place to soak up rays here.
P5. 5th pitch stretches 60m of beautiful, photogenic blue (can be wet). Steeper lines to the left. Here you can walk off left, v-thread, or....
P6-7. Head up 2 more WI3 pitches above. Beware on the walkoff of unstable snow. Goes into the sun in the afternoon.
Consider a spare key, should you wind up being the last party out & the cold temperatures make your car key brittle....